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Aug 16 2016 | Center News
A sobering exploration of groundwater overuse in the United States and around the world has won the 2016 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. The series “Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater” was written by Ian James of the Desert Sun, with photographs, a documentary film and information graphics by Steve Elfers and Steve Reilly of USA Today.
Aug 10 2016 | Out West student blog
Our western summer intern Kate Roberts is learning about historical ecology at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. Scientists use historical ecology research to help restore landscapes and ecosystems – which means digging through archives and historical documents, maps and data to create an image of how a landscape looked, and how its ecosystem functioned.
This summer also taught me to look at history differently. I once thought history depicted long-lost civilizations that are researched through old manuscripts. This “Ancient History” does exist, but History encompasses much more. History includes the events that happened yesterday, next door. It includes any actions that any person has taken ever.
Aug 4 2016 | Center News
Here's a rundown of exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center, SF Moma, the De Young Museum, and the Legion of Honor, from now into the fall.
I had no idea what I would be walking into the first day in the office. Having been to Colorado Springs, but never Denver, I arrived two days early to acclimate myself and figure out what I was going to do for the next two months.
Jul 27 2016 | Out West student blog
One of the more bizarre objects I’ve been tasked with cataloguing was a misspelled “Yeleowstone” souvenir beaded belt. The catalog number of the belt is “YELL 62824,”and I staged the photograph on July 5th. Interestingly, though the belt appears to be inspired by Native American design motifs, there is a stamp on the inside that reads, “Made in Hong Kong.”
Jul 25 2016 | Out West student blog
4am and the pre-dawn darkness saw me jolting awake, wriggling into some hiking clothes, and stumbling out the door with pack and camera in hand. By 5am I was in government vehicle with the park videographer, literally racing the sunrise. Our goal: capture the Mariposa Grove in early morning light.

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